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When Rubens Barrichello was left without a ride at the end of the last Formula One season, there was a lot of speculation as to where he would end up. Some thought that he would hang up his helmet for good while others made mention of a move to Brazilian stock cars.His good friend, 2004 IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan, had a different plan. Tony set up a test for Rubens with his team, KV Racing Technology, and the two got to talking about a full season deal.
Now, after two tests, Robin Miller at Speed is reporting that Rubens will be formally announced as the team’s third driver at a press conference in Brazil tomorrow.
Getting Rubens to drive one of KV’s Dallara/Chevrolet IndyCars is a major coup for both the team and series. The 19-year F1 veteran and 11-time winner, who has driven for teams like Ferrari, Honda, and Williams, will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organisation.
But more importantly, he will bring much needed international attention to the series, especially now that the incredibly popular Danica Patrick has left for a foray in NASCAR. His 1.4 million Twitter followers are also a boon.
Rubens is the biggest international star to enter the IndyCar ranks since 1992 F1 Champion Nigel Mansell entered the series in 1993.
Check out a video of Rubens in an IndyCar at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA below (via YouTube):
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